Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
Located 7000 feet above sea level and half a mile away from the Shimla mall. Built in the colonial British style this cottage nestles in blissful solitude away from the hustle and bustle of the city and is yet very central. It is barely a 20 minutes’ walk from the “Heart of Shimla” or the Shimla Mall. This beautiful hill villa with its tall pine trees, offers an uninterrupted and stunning view of the Tara Devi hill side across the majestic valley, blessed with a very unique sight of the morning dawn and a beautiful sunset. Marley Villa, in the heart of Shimla was built in the mid 19th century. The earliest records of Marley Villa date back to the year 1860, when an application was made to the Himachal Authority for carrying out of renovation and refurbishing of the cottage. In the year 1966 Marley Villa was bought by Justice Jindra Lal (The then Judge of the High Court of Punjab) as his summer residence. A vacation at Marley Villa Cottage in Shimla, promises not only a beautiful memory that will be cherished but also a Himalayan extravaganza that will energise your senses and recharge your very soul.
1 night minimum stay
No parties or events Check in is anytime after 12PM (noon) This is a home given out to our guests. All I ask is to treat the home like you would do your own.
Value for Money
Marley Villa offers a bouquet of 8 room cottage with all the luxuries of a fine vacation. All rooms have been renovated and converted into a boutique style Villa. Every detail has been looked into with utmost care to maintain the perfect blend of nature mixed with a contemporary lifestyle, modern utilities while retaining the British grandeur and the goodness of ‘Pahari’ hospitality. Overall it is an optimum mix of the old and the new. We offer you the quietude of a mountain retreat with the convenience of the town of Shimla a stone’s throw away. Marley Villa has just the right ambience for rest, relaxation and fun. It is ideal for those looking to get away from the clutter of the city to slow down and simply rejuvenate. Marley Villa offers not only well established infrastructure with high ceiling rooms, wooden flooring, quaint fireplaces but also offers package holiday for our valuable guests. We hope the experience will be one that you will cherish and want to come back to for more. So come share the century old world charm, go back in time to the colonial era of the British Raj and a modern sensibility that caters to the needs of the present day traveller.
Marley Villa is located in the lap of the Himalayas and has a mind boggling variety of flora and fauna. Guests can savour the heady pine and rose-scented air, the musical symphony of the various birds serenading nature, leaving them with a truly enchanting experience.
It is barely half a mile from the “Heart of Shimla” or the Shimla Mall. It is surrounded by the natural scenic scape of towering pine and deodar forests. Marley Villa is a heady mix of turn-of-the-century old world charm and a modern sensibility that caters to the needs of the present day traveller.
A peaceful 15 min walk from the Marley Villa would lead you right to the Shimla Mall (Shimla Ridge). However, if our guest so wish not to walk we provide a pick and drop by chauffeurs to the Shimla Lift. (approx 6-8 min drive)
Travel options by Air, Rail and Road are available
Air: The nearest airport is at Jubbarhatti, 23 kms from Shimla town,
Rail: Shimla is connected by rail up to Kalka. The railway station is located 5 kms from Marley Villa.
Road: Shimla is very well connected by road from Chandigarh (124 Kms), from Kalka (110 Kms) and from Delhi (385 Kms). The drive from Delhi to Shimla takes approximately 8 hours and from Chandigarh to Shimla, approximately 3 hours. The vehicle comes up right to the Villa long driveway, barely 4 – 5 steps would lead our guest inside Marley Villa.
How Long to stay
For a holiday to actually feel like one, it must give you enough time to unwind, absorb and feel refreshed.
From the feedback of our guests, a minimum of 3 nights is recommended, as guests like the first day to relax and enjoy at Marley Villa, another day for visiting the famous Shimla Mall. The third day one can some sight-seeing, you should add additional days since Marley Villa is ideally positioned at such a base to explore the entire Himalayas within a day’s drive as well.
Places to Visit in and around Shimla
The Ridge: The large open space in the heart of town presents an excellent view of the mountain ranges. Shimla's landmarks on the Ridge are the Neo-Gothic structure of Christ Church and the Neo-Tudor library building besides it. Lakkar Bazaar, adjacent to the Ridge, is popular for its wood craft and souvenirs all of which are worth seeing. The Ridge is built on a water reservoir which supplies water to Shimla. Around the reservoir are the offices of the Water Supply Board. The Ridge is also popular for horse rides for kids. After it receives its snow fall, the Ridge continues to be a popular meeting point.
The Mall: The main shopping centre of Shimla with restaurants, shops, banks and of course the Gaiety Theatre, which is a reproduction of an old British theatre, are the center of cultural activities. Very few of the old shops remain being replaced by newer and modern shops. A passenger lift of HPTDC is popular among visitors who take the same from the Cart Road to the Mall. On arrival on the Mall visitors are met by fruit vendors selling the seasonal fruit. The walk from Marley Villa to the Mall past the Chief Ministers Residence and Cedar Lodge, is through a shaded pine covered stretch with the whistle of the breeze through the tall pine trees.
( A leisurely 25 minutes walk from Marley Villa to the Mall is a good exercise. A taxi can also be arranged from Marley Villa to the Shimla lift for Rs 100/- )
Kali Bari Temple: A little distance away from Scandal Point past the General Post Office and Grand Hotel is a very popular temple at Shimla. It is believed that the idol of Goddess Shayamla is enshrined there.
( 10 miniutes walk from the Ridge)
Shimla State Museum: (3 km) The Museum, which was opened in 1974, has tried to project the cultural wealth of the state. Art objects in the Museum collection are mostly related to art, archaeology and cultural anthropology of Himachal and other states of India. At the present Museum, has about 9000 objects in its collection. At the outset, the museum started with four galleries. Since then more galleries have been added. These galleries pertain to Pre- historic, Indian Archaeology, Woodcarvings, Himachal Archaeology, Pahari and Kangra Miniature Paintings, Monuments, Photographs, Rajasthan paintings, Bronzes, Numismatic, Arms Gallery, Gandhi Gallery, Philatelic, Anthropological, Contemporary Art & Wall Paintings gallery. In addition to these galleries the museum has one exhibition hall for arranging the exhibition and other museum activities. Visiting hours 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Monday and gazetted holidays.
Indian Institute of Advanced Studies: ( 4 km) This institute is housed in the Viceregal Lodge, which was built in 1884-88 during British times. It has spacious gardens and is ringed by beautiful pine trees. All is calm and serene, just the right atmosphere for a student of literature or politics. Entry is restricted by tickets.
Summer Hill. (7 Km): Situavalley view shimlated at a distance of about 5 kms. from the Ridge is the lovely township of Summer Hill at a height of 6,500 ft. on the Shimla-Kalka railway line. Mahatma Gandhi lived in these quiet surroundings during his visits to Shimla. Himachal Pradesh University is situated here.
Annandale: Developed as the playground of Shimla, Annandale is 2-4 kms. from the Ridge at a height of 6,117 ft. It was favorite spot for football where the Durand Matches were played. It was also used for cultural occasions, Archery, cricket, picnics and the princely game of polo besides Horse Racing. It is now in the possession of the Army and houses the Army Museum. Annandale is also used as a helipad for Helicopters.
Glen: 4 Kms from the Mall a stream flows through the densely forested glen at an altitude of 1,830 meters. Besides the bubbling stream of ice cold water, fresh from the melting snow, it is a delightful secluded picnic spot. Can be approached from Cecil Hotel or Kennedy House, the first house erected in Shimla. In the vicinity of Annandale, the path to Glen veers to the left from the road near the “Hut” built for tourists by Sir Jai Lal.
Prospect Hill (5 Km) : Crowned by a temple dedicated to Kamna Devi 15 minutes walk from Boileauganj on the Shimla Bilaspur road, Prospect Hill offers a spectacular views of the surrounding area.
Railway Board Building: On the Mall towards Viceregal Lodge, this building was built in 1896-97 in the colonial style cast iron structure fabricated by the Bombay based Richardson Cruddas. Built at a cost of Rs. 7.31 lacs, the building was fire resistant and was not effected by the fire of 2001.
Gorton Castle: Just beyond the Railway Board Building, Gorton Castle houses some of the offices of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. It is an imposing building situated at the top of the hill. On the way from the Mall to Viceregal Lodge, one passes besides the Railway Board Building and Gorton Castle, Kennedy House, the first structure built in Shimla and Cecil Hotel at Chaura Maidan.
Kufri: 16 kms. Well known for its ski slopes, Kufri, commands a good view. It also has a Potato Research Station. Kufri and an added attraction of a Mini zoo amidst dense forest where tourists where can see rare breeds of wild animals and pheasant species commonly found in the Himalayan forest region which have been kept in their natural habitat. Spread over an area of twenty hectares of land with rich flora and fauna, about 140 wild animals including pheasants of different varieties 'Monal' the State bird of Himachal Pradesh and one of the endangered species of the Himalayan region are the other attractions of this zoo and have been placed safely in this mini zoo. The other attraction of this zoo are Tibetan wolf, Brown Bear and Barking Deer. There are other popular wild animals such as leapord, Ghoral, Samber, Himalayan Thar, Yak, Black Bear and a number of pheasant varieties. Himalayan Nature Park has been set up at Kufri in 1992 which is spread over 90 hectares and mini zoo has been set up in this Park.
Jakhoo Temple (2.5 Km) 2455 m: Shimla's highest peak offers a panoramic view of the town and its surroundings. Jakhoo is an ancient "Lord Hanuman" temple. The temple can be approached from the Ridge behind the Public Library and Christ Church (on foot). One can also hire a pony or go by taxi to visit the temple from the “ Ladies Mile”.
Sankat Mochan (7 Km) 1975 m: Situated on the Kalka-Shimla road (NH-22) is the famous "Lord Hanuman" temple. It commands an excellent view of Shimla town. The place can be visited by Bus/Taxi.
Tara Devi (11 Km) 1851 m: Situated on the Kalka - Shimla road (NH-22) is the Tara Devi Temple. This holy place is accessible by Rail, bus and car. From the station / road, one can visit the temple either on foot or by taxi / jeep.
Fagu (22 Km) 2450 m: On Hindustan-Tibet Road, Fagu has an enchanting views. Himachal Tourism runs the Hotel peach Blossom.
Narkanda (65 Km) 2708 m: On the Hindustan Tibet road, Narkanda offers spectacular views of snow ranges. An uphill trek through Deodar woods leads to Hatu Peak (8 Km) from where on a clear night one is reported to be able to see the lights of the plains. The ancient temple of Hatu Mata is alive with skiers. HPTDC runs Hotel Hatu and in winters short skiing courses are organised. Narkanda has one of the most picturesque views .
Mashobra (12 Km) 2148 m: Motorable on Shimla-Naldehra road, Mashobra is surrounded by thick forests and offers ideal walks. The Goddess Durga temple is worth seeing. Mashobra has of late seen a lot of growth and has converted itself from a quiet village to nearly a city.
Craignano (18 Km) 2149 m: Motorable on Shimla-Naldhera road, Craignano is an ideal picnic spot with lawns and garden. The water supply to Shimla was pumped from Guma up to Carignano by four pumps and claimed to be the highest water throws in the world. The water was then pumped to the Ridge in Shimla for supply to the city. Carignano is also a dak bunglow.
Naldehra (23 Km) 2044 m: Motorable On the Shimla - Tattapani road, Naldehra boasts of a nine hole golf course. It was designed by the British viceroy, Lord Curzon who was so enchanted by this place that he gave his daughter Alexandra, Naldehra as her second name. An ancient Nag temple is also situated here. Himachal Tourism runs Hotel Golf Glade here.
Tattapani (53 Km) 680 m: Motorable on Shimla-Mandi Highway via Naldehra, Tattapani has hot water springs having sulpher contents, and is popular with tourists who enjoy food cooked on the sulpher springs. Tattapani also has Hindu temples and Shiv Goofa at Saraur (4 Km) which places are worth visiting.
Kalka Shimla Railway: The Kalka Shimla railway is a narrow gauge line and now a heritage train. The train passes through 99 tunnels through beautiful hills and scenic views. The stations are quaint, neat and clean. The Railways also run the railmotor on the track which resembles a bus on the tracks. The Railmotor service is not regular and mainly during the season.
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